Skip to comments.Toddler critically injured by ‘flash bang’ during police search
Posted on 05/29/2014 5:26:52 PM PDT by armydawg505
A 19-month-old boy critically injured when a police device was tossed into his bed has a 50 percent chance of surviving, his parents said today. But a northeast Georgia sheriff defends the officers actions, calling it a tragic accident. The last thing you want is law enforcement to injure someone innocent, Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. There was no malicious act performed. It was a terrible accident that was never supposed to happen. Hours after a confidential informant said he bought methamphetamine from Wanis Thometheva at a Habersham County home late Tuesday, officers returned to the home to arrest him.
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But who went home safely that night, eh??
If I can be charged with a crime that was done by accident so should the police. Two sets of laws are not acceptable.
Will the collectivists start calling the cops baby killers?
Well gee perhaps if they didn’t blindly follow some informants story and maybe checked into the house before throwing bombs around they wouldn’t have killed a baby who had nothing to do with drugs.
But hey they got a drug arrest. That’ll look good come annual performance time.
After all its just another future criminal they’d have to arrest when he got older.
It's time to dial down the military style aggression by law enforcement.
Well cmon, just because he threw it in the babies playpen doesn’t mean he should be responsible.
What makes you think cops haven’t killed innocent people before when they attack the wrong house? That could happen to any of our families...unless you are living in a tony gated neighborhood.
The kid is just acceptable collateral damage in the war on drugs. Never mind the president is supporting use of drugs and encouraging the people who sell it.
I do note the absence of Dawgs in the story, so at least the cops didn’t do anything indiscriminately. ..
All this, to make sure the occupants didn’t have the opportunity to destry evidence (drugs).
Now the cop that threw the grenade has to live with this the rest of his life.
All take notice - pity to the cop - not the sleeping child that the cop threw a grenade at. Yup, too bad for the cop. Well, that kid should not have chosen a drug dealer to live with.
Judging by the TV movies that I see today, American cops have morphed into jack-booted thugs. What happened to the “good old boy on the beat”?
All I see today is “Get on the ground..GET ON THE GROUND, NOW”
The cops are totally out of control. And the reason is there are too many idiots who believe all cops are wonderful examples of men. When most of them are uneducated fat, lazy thugs on a power trip. It won’t be long before no innocent people will be safe from those who are supposed to protect and serve. We’ll all be cavity searched and put in jail to rot away like a Marine in Mexico. All because too many people think cops only arrest guilty people.
I would do everything I could to help someone get elected who would run on a “The cops are out of control” platform.
I saw a fat cop pull his gun on someone in a very crowded supermarket parking lot yelling “Get on the fu..king ground! On the fu..king ground!” Women and kids all over the place. The guy he was screaming at was looking around with that “You screaming at me?” look. He didn’t arrest the man and nobody knows what the hell the cop was doing.
I called the guy’s precinct station to complain and was told they didn’t have a cop in that area. Lying bastards.
Wrong! To the cops and the DA EVERYONE is guilty until they prove themselves innocent. I told that to a DA once and she got mad but couldn’t present an argument proving me wrong. I won the argument by saying “If you really thought everyone was innocent until proven guilty you’d present the facts at trial and not always go for a conviction. And don’t tell me you haven’t prosecuted people you thought were innocent.” She walked away.
You and your type make me sick. Defending these irrational thugs. You are disgraceful and you define what’s gone wrong with this once-fine country.
What that cop has to live with is nothing compared to what the toddler has to live with. There is almost never justification for no knock warrants.
The cops now get their training from the stupid TV drama shows.
The bottom like is no Amendment authorizing a new Prohibition was added to the Constitution. The 18th and the 21st establish the entire scope of, and the authorized methods to create prohibitions. Call what it is, unconstitutional prohibition.
Now the cop that threw the grenade has to live with this the rest of his life. However, the bottom line is if no drugs had been sold out of the house, no cops would have been there at 3am.
So you are a witness to the selling of drugs out of the house?
Tell us how that happened, while you and your cop buddies go straight to hell.
That could happen to any of our families...unless you are living in a tony gated neighborhood.
I know a few locals, and they claim this shooting stinks to high heaven.
“Can I throw the grenade? Can I? Can I?”
“You know it’s Carl’s turn. You can shoot the dogs, though.”
“Oh boy, gonna shoot the dogs. Gonna shoot the dogs.”
If you can quickly flush drugs down the toilet, you're small-time.
There's two types of drug dealers; those who use forklifts and those who don't.
No knock. The flash bang was the first thing they did?
How is this not a crime?
The cops initiated the violence without reason and without evidence, the whole bunch should be sitting in cells.
Cops should have to watch the place, find some kind of evidence and then try a non-violent method of arrest if possible. If your first action is a grenade without even having a shred of evidence, you are a thug and a gang banger, badge or not
that is not true.
there have been plenty of homeowners who have had cops do no-knmocks because they went to the wrong house. way too many. they’ve thought they were being home invaded - and they WERE - but by the g-damn cops.
And when was the last time a confidential informant (who may or may not exist) lied to the cops.
If the local grand jury had any balls the cop would be under indictment for felonious assault and attempted murder. Maybe the chance of being incarcerated in the general population would give these cops a second thought about executing their midnight knocks on the door with grenades.
It's not an accident when you purposely throw an explosive in someone's house.
no-knock warrants in the middle of the night are ridiculous. Whether you are a criminal or not, your instinct is self-defense. How safe is that for any of the parties involved? It’s not. They need to be rare.
“Now the cop that threw the grenade has to live with this the rest of his life.”
Given the sad reality that most of the “Armed & Armored Ubermenschen” have all the sensitivity of ill bred reptiles, I am sure the Flash/Bang pitcher will lose perhaps an hour of sleep.
And that will be wondering if any civil suit might be filed that his insurance and union can’t make go away.
More destroyed lives all because of no knocks and today’s cops are out of control thugs who are worse than the criminals they’re after.
In a just America he cop who threw the grenade and his boss who authorized it would be prosecuted ,and people like you would be ridiculed for the bootlicker you are based on your posting.
i missed the sarc tag there.
If I was sympathizing with the cops I would not have posted an article like this. A gernade is thrown into a playpen and no one seems to think an investigation is even warranted? Not the Sheriff, not the GA Bureau of Investigation, no one? There are many ways to get into the house without violence before trying force: turn off the water and electricity and telephones, use loud speakers to announce your presence, allow the innocents to come out, search release them. But its far more macho to bust the door down at 3am and go back to the station yuk yuking about the looks on their faces when you got in the house.
The article says they cops didn’t know any children were in the house. It also says the man they were trying to arrest was not there. They arrested him later, at another house.
They clearly did not do any surveillance of the place. None. Nada. Zip. That
“Now the cop that threw the grenade has to live with this the rest of his life.”
And if it had been my grand-child, he/she would have to die with it for the rest of his/her short life...
You never know...he might decide to claim PTSD, go on disability leave and retire at a higher pension rate.
All this because of some dirt bag CI trying to save his own skin?
How about staking out the house to follow up on the information first?
How about determining who the occupants of the house are?
Nope, right to WWIII military operations.
“But a northeast Georgia sheriff defends the officers actions, calling it a tragic accident.”
NO, this is not a tragic accident. This is another example of pigs making others pay the price so that they can avoid any possibility, however slight, of harm.
Flashbangs are a MILITARY device, meant as a weapon of WAR, for tactical missions in which killing the target is not desired, or you don’t want to destroy equipment. that doesn’t make it safe. In war, if a flashbang harms an enemy, no one really cares.
Cops, and some here wonder why so many people have a massive hate for cops. Well, this is one example of why.
This happened a few months ago where cops raided a house on suspicion of of a meth lab. And they were wrong. Innocent family, innocent little girl burned so the big bad pigs could stay safe from the Boogeyman. AND THEY DIDN’T learn. They never do.
The war on drugs is the most idiotic of our foreign and domestic policies. We spend tax dollars protecting the poppy harvest in Afghanistan on the one hand, and spend tax dollars arresting people selling the products of the poppy harvest on the other.
Its the height of hypocrisy.
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